This December marks the second year for the Colors of Christmas: Historic Tour and Dinner event! In 2017, the Heritage Alliance partnered with the Town of Jonesborough to merge the Holiday Tour of Homes and the Progressive Dinner into one elegant evening. We had a wonderful time and learned a lot last year, and thanks to those of you who completed the after survey, we have made modifications designed to bring you great cheer! We’re excited to continue this partnership in 2018. Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 1st, and get ready to ring in the Holiday season in Jonesborough!
The Colors of Christmas: Historic Tour and Dinner opens several historic structures in Jonesborough, each decorated in Holiday finery. Guests can choose to tour only or have the option of a fine dining experience benefiting the Heritage Alliance’s education and preservation programs….but why not do both? Two seating times will be available for the four-course, Dinner portion of the evening, 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Guests will enjoy appetizers in the Historic Inns of Jonesborough from 4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. before being bused to the McKinney Center to continue the celebration with delicious food, festive live music, and camaraderie. Whether you choose to Tour only, Dine only or combine both, the Colors of Christmas is the ultimate kick-off to the Holiday season in Jonesborough.
Tickets are only available through the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center and can be purchased on line at https://townofjonesborough.thundertix.com/events/136373 or by calling 423-753-1010. Once you have purchased your tickets, we will send you information specific to your seating.
The restoration of a building does more than repair old walls and ceilings; it rebuilds connections, strengthens community and restores the spirit. Not only will you be celebrating restoration during the Colors of Christmas, you’ll also be supporting two, worthwhile causes. Your Colors of Christmas Dinner ticket helps to fund the preservation and education mission of the Heritage Alliance. The Colors of Christmas Tour helps the Town of Jonesborough fund the many free events, such as “At Home with Santa”, dedicated to children throughout the year.
The Colors of Christmas: Historic Tour and Dinner celebrates the many good things that result when we join together for the benefit of all. It is fun, it is festive, and it is fulfilling.
On Sunday, September 16th, the State of Franklin Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), are hosting their Fifth Annual Bell Ringing in honor of Constitution Week. The event will take place at 1:30 p.m. at Oak Hill School, located at 214 East Sabin Drive in Jonesborough across from the Jonesborough Public Library. The program will include a ceremony honoring local soldiers who sacrificed their lives during World War I, the David Crockett High School choir, the Over Mountain Men, and more. Bring your chairs and bells that Sunday and “make a joyful noise” as America celebrates the Constitution.
The Daughters of the American Revolution began the tradition of celebrating the Constitution. In 1955, the DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was adopted by Congress and signed into law on August 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The State of Franklin Chapter of the NSDAR has been based in Jonesborough since 1929.
“It takes ten generations to learn something, and one generation to forget it.”
This quote is applicable to many things, but chairmaker Curtis Buchanan applies it specifically to woodworking tools and techniques. Curtis will be speaking about 18th and 19th century woodworking tools and techniques and the utilitarian items they produced at History Happy Hour’s program on Thursday, July 19th at 6:30 pm. The program is usually held at the Chester Inn Museum, but this program will be held next door at the Christopher Taylor House, weather permitting. The program is free and open to the public.
Curtis is a world renowned chairmaker with a shop in Jonesborough, TN. For over 30 years Curtis has produced chairs that have been displayed in the Chester Inn, the Tennessee State Museum, the Tennessee Governor’s Mansion, and Monticello, among other places. He also offers classes, instructional videos, and has made numerous contributions to the field of chairmaking. More info about Curtis and his workshop can be found on his website at https://www.curtisbuchananchairmaker.com/
History Happy Hour is a collaborative program that features speakers and researchers from various local organizations, museums, and schools. Presenters for 2018 include independent researchers, National Park Service rangers, professors, and museum professionals from across the region. The programs are on the 3rd Thursday each month at 6:30 pm.
For more information on the Chester Inn Museum, History Happy Hour, or the Heritage Alliance please call our office at 423.753.9580 or the Chester Inn Museum at 423.753.4580. You can also contact the organization via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information about the Heritage Alliance and its mission can be found online at http://www.heritageall.org/. Be sure to follow the Chester Inn and Heritage Alliance Facebook pages for updates about events at the Chester Inn and other Heritage Alliance programs.
The Heritage Alliance and the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum received two Awards of Distinction from the East Tennessee Historical Society at their Annual Meeting on May 1 in Knoxville. The East Tennessee Historical Society’s Awards of Excellence program annually recognizes individuals and organizations for significant contributions to the preservation, promotion, and interpretation of the region’s history.
The Heritage Alliance won a 2018 Award of Distinction for the interactive, murder mystery Legs In a Barrel. The play, which was based on an actual murder that took place in Jonesborough, was a fundraiser for the Heritage Alliance’s educational programs. Legs In a Barrel was the first murder mystery put on by the Alliance, and it is another example of the organization’s commitment to sharing history in a variety of ways.
The Chester Inn Museum received a 2018 Award of Distinction for History Happy Hour. Launched in 2017, History Happy Hour offers insightful history to the public, fosters a collaborative relationship with various individuals and organizations, and increases the role of the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum as a community meeting place. History Happy Hours are scheduled for the third Thursday of every month through November at 6:30.
The Award of Distinction is the second accolade that the Chester Inn Museum has received for History Happy Hour. The program also won an Award of Excellence from the Tennessee Association of Museums at their annual conference in March. Programs like History Happy Hour and Legs In a Barrel share local history in unique ways and connect us to our past. According to Executive Director Deborah Montanti, “We are extremely fortunate to have creative and talented staff. Anne G’Fellers Mason, who researched and wrote Legs In a Barrel, and Joe Spiker, who created and manages History Happy Hour, work hard to make our history more accessible and keep it relevant. We congratulate them both on these honors.”
The Heritage Alliance is always working on new and exciting programs. Interested public can stay up to date on Heritage Alliance programs by visiting our website (www.heritageall.org) and liking us on Facebook!
The Heritage Alliance is dedicated to the preservation of the architectural, historical, and cultural heritage of our region and to providing educational experiences related to history and heritage for a wide range of audiences. The Chester Inn Museum is a State Owned Historic Site operated by the Heritage Alliance. The operation of the Chester Inn is partially funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Tennessee Historical Commission. For more information, please call our office at 423.753.9580, or contact the organization via email at email@example.com. Additional information can also be found online at http://www.heritageall.org/.
The weather is finally warmer, and that means extended tour hours and extended hours at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum!
Chester Inn Museum
Mon, Wed-Sat 11-6
7:00 pm Thurs evening (through end of Sept)
1:00 pm on Fri, Sat (except 1st Sat of month)
Old Jonesborough Cemetery Tour
2:30 pm on the first and third Sat of month starting May 19
1:00 pm first Sat of month, 2;30 pm second Sat of month
2:30 pm fourth Sat of month
All tour tickets are $5 per person. Combo options are available. Tickets can be purchased at the Chester Inn Museum